New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cavalcade en route for Swachhata Shramdaan got stuck in Delhi’s traffic jam with no security route on Saturday. The incident occurred when the convoy was returning from the launch of ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ movement.
There was no security route to ensure the free flow of traffic in the area. With no VIP protocol in place, the Prime Minister’s vehicle got stuck in Delhi’s infamous jam. As per reports, the cavalcade had to stop at several traffic signals that were put up to ensure the smooth flow of traffic in the area.
It was something very unusual as the PM’s routes are always sanitised for smooth movement, with people not even being allowed to stand on roadsides.
However, Saturday’s trip, from 7 Race Course Road to Baba Saheb Ambedkar School in Paharganj, a distance of about eight kilometres, caught everyone by surprise.
The Prime Minister’s Office said no special traffic arrangements were made for the movement of the Prime Minister and that he reached the venue in usual traffic conditions, according to news agency PTI.
According to sources, his office had not informed the security unit or the traffic police.
Images and a video of Modi’s cavalcade moving with other vehicles were circulated widely on social media.
@GoyalPradeepCA: “VVIP Culture gone, PM Modi like normal citizens at Delhi roads today, stopped cars at red signals and normal traffic movement on his way.”
दिल्ली की सड़को पे प्रधानमंत्री मोदी की गाडी और आस पास मोटरसाइकलों पे लोग. गाड़ियां लाल बत्ती पे भी रुकी. pic.twitter.com/1QYDac88Iy
— Goyal Pradeep (@GoyalPradeepCA) September 15, 2018
The Bharatiya Janata Party also shared a video of the PM’s convoy waiting for the signal.
“PM Modi has left for ‘Swachhata Shramdaan’ without any security route.”
— BJP (@BJP4India) September 15, 2018
The authorities of the school which the PM visited were unaware of his visit. At around 11.15 am, the students were busy in a plantation drive with the teachers, when Modi’s convoy entered the school compound.
A police officer who was outside the school said, “Usually the convoy is of 10-15 cars whenever the Prime Minister is travelling. This also includes the vehicles from the Delhi police security department. The convoy was much smaller today. There were only 6-7 black SUVs”
In a similar instance, the Prime Minister had earlier got stuck in a traffic jam when he was on his way to inaugurate a section of Delhi Metro’s Magenta line with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. However, the delay caused by the traffic led to the suspension of two police officials for failing to clear the traffic.